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10 Unexpected Ways Your Anger is Leaking Everywhere

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Anger is often a misunderstood emotion. Is it healthy? Unhealthy? Are there signs and red flags before anger turns into rage? The truth is, anger is a completely normal and even a healthy human emotion – when it’s able to be expressed constructively. When a person feels anger, their body releases adrenaline, cortisol, and noradrenaline. Anger also affects a person’s heart rate, breathing rate, and body temperature, which explains why those who find it more difficult to healthily manage their anger struggle with high blood pressure, heart problems, and other health risks. Anger can affect people emotionally and mentally as well. The consequences to bouts of frequent and uncontrollable anger can cause depression, shame, low self-esteem, self-injury, the abuse of…

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Sexual Health Tips for Autumn

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While fall is known as the season for football and colorful leaves, it can also be an ideal season to boost your sexual health. The chilly, dark weather invites the perfect time to cocoon inside (or in bed) with your partner. In fact, there are several aspects of autumn that can foster better sexual wellness. Here are some ways to make the most of the season this year: Heat it Up As the hot summer nights are replaced with a noticeable chill in the air, use this as an opportunity to not only snuggle up with your partner during cool fall mornings but also generate extra heat during sex. Consider sexual positions such as missionary with a pelvic tilt or…

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Compulsive Sexual Behavior is Now Classified as a Mental Health Condition

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Though some have struggled with compulsive hypersexuality since the dawn of time, compulsive sexual behavior has only recently been acknowledged as a compulsive disorder. Very recently, the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), included compulsive sexual behavior, a condition to be categorized as an Impulse Control Disorder. The IDC-11 list defines compulsive sexual behavior as “a persistent pattern or failure to control intense, repetitive impulses or urges resulting in repetitive sexual behavior.” While advocating efforts are underway for the inclusion of compulsive sexual behavior as a treatable disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – Fifth Edition (DSM-5), there is unfortunately still much misunderstanding around the constitution of compulsive sexual behavior, or as some may…

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Gaslighting: Is It Happening To You?

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With unique perceptions about life and experiences, each of us develops sensory capacities that are different than the next, with distinct responses, beliefs and convictions. These ideas define who we are as individuals, and while we are continuously exposed to views that are different than our own, many of us remain true to core values and insights. Even so, psychologists point out an unfortunate reality that is lurking among personal and professional relationships—gaslighting. Though not always malicious or intentional, gaslighting is a form of sly manipulation and a way of exuding power over another. Victims might begin to question the ideas that they once felt sure about, including their judgment, reasoning and decision-making. Over time, individuals can lose touch with…

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What it Means to Be A Man

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Regardless of what school of parenting one is set to follow, a parent in today’s society will encounter the same hurdles as those in previous generations, which implies that they are also at risk for the same sort of pitfalls. Even so, in an increasingly digital society marked by packed schedules, constant striving for perfection and an overabundance of “straight talk,” there is some toxic and/or macho type of phrases that parents should avoid, particularly when speaking to their boys. In doing so, perhaps we can redefine what it means to be a man. In a recent article by Fatherly, Jeremy Brown says that in an effort to raise strong boys, parents have inadvertently created damaged men. Is this based…

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PTSD Awareness Month

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can occur after experiencing a traumatic experience and affects 8% of the population, according to the National Center for PTSD. PTSD used to be discussed mostly in the context of war veterans; however, more information and awareness has been brought to light in recent years that demonstrates PTSD can happen to anyone who experiences trauma. PTSD involves an array of symptoms and every individual experience and reaction to that trauma can be different. While military combat can be one of the precipitants of PTSD, there are many traumatic experiences that can cause PTSD. These causes may include: near death experiences, violent personal assaults, sexual abuse, being held hostage, experiencing a natural disaster, terrorist attacks, witnessing death,…

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Suicide: A Growing Epidemic

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As a stark reminder of the tremendous toll of suicide, the recent deaths of chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain and designer Kate Spade have once again shined the spotlight on the growing epidemic of suicide in the United States. In a recent article featured in the public health section of National Public Radio (NPR) online, Nell Greenfieldboyce reports that suicide rates have increased in nearly every state over the last two decades, with half of the states experiencing an increase of more than 30 percent. This includes men and women, as well as all ethnic groups and those living in both urban and rural areas. In response, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has collected data on…

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Gas Lighting & Other Love Bombs

By: Kayla Tricaso,
Office Manager

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Anyone who has been in a relationship with someone who falls on the Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) spectrum knows how painful, stressful, and confusing the relationship can be. Dating someone with NPD can feel like a rollercoaster; one second you’re on cloud nine and the next it can feel like you’re plummeting from a thousand feet. A person with NPD traits will be on their best behavior in the beginning and their partners often feel as if it’s the most passionate and intense love they’ve ever experienced. Unfortunately, when the mask comes off, a different side of the NPD partner comes out. The tactics that people with NPD employ are often so covert that they can be difficult to recognize,…

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